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Old 01-14-2007, 10:09 AM
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300SD - driver seat flex cable

One of my cables for my driver's seat is broken or disconnected. The motor works fine, as it makes noise for front and rear movement, but the cable is off on one end. Is there anyway to fix this? Do I need to get a new cable? I can remove the seat to work on it if it's repairable, but need some guidance. Thanks in advance, this forum has saved my many times!

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Old 01-14-2007, 10:40 AM
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hi, I had the same problemon my 82SD. whats happening is the cable is backing out of the end of the seat track. If you remove the cable ,you will see inside there is a cable like a speedometer cable. The end is squared to fit into the motor, and the other end fits in the slider mechanism. What I did was to pinch the ends so they weren't a perect square anymore and forced the end into the seat reciever end. This prevented it from backing out again. Hope that makes sense. I unbolted the seat and just let it lay back. I didn't remove it from the car. HTH MIKE
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Old 01-14-2007, 11:42 AM
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I had the same problem with my 82 300SD. It appears that over time the cables actually become shorter due to being spiral wound. This causes them to disengage from either the motor or mechanism. I found if I removed the metal end from the shroud, then cut approx 3/8" off the shroud with a razor blade & reinserted the shroud into the metal end (make sure it goes all the way in or you wind up with the same condition) the cables would then engage on both ends. It's easier to remove the seats than to try to do it in the car.
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